Our top picks for blemish-prone skin.
Blemishes. Breakouts. Oh, how we hate them. We can be religious in our skincare routine but some skin is just acne-prone and for others, the dreaded spot pops up occasionally due to weather or hormonal changes.
Well, we share your frustration. To zap those zits and prevent new ones from forming, it’s essential to choose the right kind of products catered for blemish-prone skin.
Use a gentle cleanser that’s non-abrasive with non-irritants and antibacterial properties to calm and soothe inflammation. Always moisturise because your skin needs to stay hydrated no matter your skin type. Choose one that doesn’t clog pores, i.e. non-comedogenic, is oil-free and has a light texture. For spot treatment, look out for ingredients like salicylic acid or zinc oxide or natural antiseptics like tea tree oil. Benzoyl peroxide could be harsh on dry skin, so avoid. A weekly face mask purifies the skin. Clay masks are especially helpful in absorbing excess oil, shrinking pores and clearing up acne.
Here are our allies in the battle against blemishes.
Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser HK$75/200ml. It’s non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, gentle enough for sensitive skin. The soap-free formula contains chamomile and vitamin E and leaves skin more moisturised after use. Available at Bonjour stores.
shu uemura Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil HK$225/150ml; HK$600/450ml. A light-weight oil with sakura complex formulated for combination to oily skin types. It removes deep-seated dirt in pores and even makeup effectively while balancing the skin’s moisture levels. Available at shu uemura counters at Faces, Lane Crawford, Seibu and Sogo.
Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF15 HK$480/50ml. Clinically proven to control oil and shine for up to 8 hours and gives a matte-finish. Contains willow bark extract to manage breakouts and argan extract for smoother, softer skin, plus it’s formulated with broad-spectrum SPF sun protection. Available at Faces, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil HK$68/10ml. Contains 100% pure tea tree oil. A natural antiseptic with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Use this as a spot treatment. It’s multi-purpose and can be used to treat minor cuts, burns, bites and stings too. Available at Bonjour stores.
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Oil-Control Cleansing Mask HK$156/100ml. A natural clay-based mask with a medicated formula that unclogs pores and removes excess sebum for a purifying effect. It’s non-drying, keeps skin shine-free, heals blemishes and prevents new breakouts. Takes just 5 minutes. Available at Bonjour stores.